2019 World Cup host to be known by August as Fiba moves Central Board meeting to a new date
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas under president Manny V. Pangilinan makes its final presentation for the country's bid for the 2019 Fiba World Cup June 18. Jerome Ascano

THE Philippines won’t know if it would host the 2019 Fiba World Cup not until early August of this year.

Fiba decided to move for August 7-9 its Central Board meeting in Tokyo, Japan, where the decision on which between the country and China will host the next world championship.

In a press release posted on its website, the world governing body for basketball moved the board meeting two months later from its original schedule of June 18-20 to be held in its headquarters in Miles, Switzerland.

With only two countries making a bid for the hosting rights of the meet, Fiba deemed it best to convene the Central board in an Asian City like Tokyo by moving the date and venue of the meeting.

Fiba also said the move to Tokyo “will maximize the impact of the decision” and "allow for large delegations and media in the region to attend the historical occasion."

The Philippines is bidding to stage the World Cup for the first time since 1978.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will be making its final presentation to Fiba for the hosting rights on June 18 when its officials travel to Geneva, Switzerland.

The SBP delegation will have no less than legendary boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao making a pitch for the Philippines to be the next host of the world championship.

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